Relief in sight for Torrence Creek students

School and community leaders gathered under the branches of a grand oak tree for the dedication of the Torrence Creek Elementary Relief School site (15444 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville) on Tuesday, May 29. The event signified the start of construction for the first new school delivered by CMS since the opening of Hough and Rocky River high schools in August 2010.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education District 1 Representative Rhonda Lennon began the event by expressing what this school will mean for the students in her district. The school will relieve overcrowding at Torrence Creek Elementary, which is at nearly double the school’s intended capacity.

“This school is a long time coming. It shows that District 1 is vitally important to CMS and we are heard downtown.”

The Torrence Creek Elementary Relief School is 39-classroom elementary school on a site that is also proposed as a shared location with a future high school. ADW Architects designed the school as a two-story classroom wing, similar to River Gate Elementary.

Lennon looks forward to watching the school come together over the next year. The building is scheduled to open in August 2013.

“We’ll watch this school rise from the dirt very quickly. It’s a great day for Huntersville!”

The Board of Education approved the location as part of the 2007 Bond package. On April 24, the Board of Education voted to approve the construction contract for the school, with a bid cost of $11.75 million by Matthews Construction Company.